Programming note: As 88.9 KETR soon enters its 44th year on the air in service to Northeast Texas, new and exciting public radio programs will join the broadcast schedule beginning Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 11, 12, and 13, 2019. Here, we briefly lay out what you can expect when you leave your radio (or browser, or mobile device) tuned 88.9 KETR all weekend long.
Smart shows aimed at discerning listeners
At 6:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings, you'll now hear Freakonomics Radio, a program that ferrets out connections between seemingly unrelated things. The program explores the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—using the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior.
Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., listen for Reveal, the public radio program and podcast serving as a platform for news and content from the Center for Investigative Journalism.
Stay tuned for Radiolab from WNYC Saturday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. Radiolab is an experiential investigation that explores themes and ideas through a patchwork of people, sounds, and stories. In each episode, Radiolab experiments with sound and style, allowing science to fuse with culture, and information to sound like music.
Later at 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays, catch Snap Judgment, the storytelling phenomenon electrifying audiences nationwide. Created by Glynn Washington and co-produced by WNYC Studios, Snap delivers a raw, intimate, musical brand of narrative — daring audiences to see the world through the eyes of another.
On Sundays at 2:00 p.m., you'll now hear The Pulse from WHYY. Why do you wait forever in your doctor’s office? What’s with people’s love of round numbers? Why do some of us cry after anesthesia? How much should an MRI cost, really? The Pulse explores the questions that make people go, “Yeah, why is that?” It tells stories from ground level, where illness, healing and discovery are personal.
Then at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, hear On The Media, the program for people eager to challenge their assumptions. Every week, it uses the media as a magnifying glass to reveal the deeper truths behind the daily onslaught of information.
Music as respite from the week's news
The biggest addition to 88.9 KETR's lineup comes in the improvisational form of jazz. You are invited to experience David Basse’s unique blend of jazz and related music on his syndicated radio show, Jazz with David Basse, featuring the latest releases and the occasional sound clip from well-known or up-and-coming artists, plus the most complete history of American music available on radio. David’s rhythmic vocal style complements the music and enhances the listening experience as he shares stories from his vast knowledge of the genre. Hear great jazz music Friday nights beginning at 9:00 p.m., then again on Saturdays from 5:00 p.m. all the way until the wee hours of Sunday morning.
On the subject of Sunday morning, don't miss Millennium of Music starting at 6:00 a.m., described as "The sources and mainstreams of European music for the thousand years before the birth of Bach: a Millennium of Music."
Then, Sundays at 10:00 a.m., settle in for the nationally-syndicated Sunday Baroque, which runs until 2:00 p.m. Fresh and inviting, upbeat and inspiring, Sunday Baroque is a weekly radio program featuring beloved and appealing music composed in the baroque era (1600-1750) and the years leading up to it. The music may be centuries-old, but it's the perfect antidote for the stress and distractions of our modern lives, so you can relax and recharge for the week ahead.
Sunday evenings at 9:00 p.m., it's time for Concierto, a weekly program of classical music presented in Spanish and English. The program features classical music by Latin American and Spanish composers and musicians.
Then, Sunday nights at 11:00 p.m., wrap your weekend with Classical Guitar Alive. The internationally-broadcast radio program, and the only nationally-broadcast guitar radio program in the world, is broadcast each week on over 200 radio stations in the USA and internationally. The program features music and interviews with many of the world's foremost guitarists and composers, and is produced by Classical Guitar Alive Executive Director, Tony Morris.
Designed with you in mind
Our mission at 88.9 KETR is to provide this region with entertaining, educational, and informative programming, and that's just what we're looking to do with these upcoming schedule changes. These programs have risen to the top after months of discussion and interpretation of data collected from our annual programming survey, which is a fantastic way for our listeners to drive what they hear on KETR. We know you'll appreciate the effort that's been made to align our weekend schedule with your expectations, and if you're so inclined, we continue to appreciate and depend on your support for what we do.
Sports fans fear not: Scheduled programming related to Texas A&M University-Commerce Football and Basketball, as well as Commerce Tigers Football, will continue to air on the station as an invaluable service to 88.9 KETR's audiences in Northeast Texas and online around the world.
We look forward to serving you in 2019 and beyond, and we thank you for listening.